|Main enemy:||Dr. Robert Knox|
|Main setting:||Edinburgh, December 1828|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Post production:||David Darlington|
|Cover by:||Lee Binding|
|Release date:||August 2004|
|Format:||4 Episodes on 2 CDs|
|Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories|
|The Roof of the World||Faith Stealer|
Medicinal Purposes was the sixtieth monthly Doctor Who audio story produced by Big Finish Productions. This story marked the first appearance of Robert Knox played by Leslie Phillips. This is the second and final Big Finish audio drama in the main range in which David Tennant appears.
When accidental tourists the Doctor and Evelyn Smythe stumble upon one of Britain's most lurid, illuminating chapters in history, a simple case of interest in the work of dedicated man of science Doctor Robert Knox, quickly turns sour.
Just what is that time-bending Scots mist? Whatever it is may put the very fabric of the universe under threat...
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- The Doctor - Colin Baker
- Evelyn Smythe - Maggie Stables
- Doctor Robert Knox - Leslie Phillips
- Daft Jamie - David Tennant
- Mary Patterson - Glenna Morrison
- William Burke - Kevin O'Leary
- Billy Hare - Tom Farrelly
- Old Woman - Janie Booth
- Daft Jamie's name and nationality causes the Doctor to recall his former companion Jamie McCrimmon. He regrets that he never told Jamie, who risked his life for him on many occasions, that he thought that he was a very brave man.
- Evelyn describes Daft Jamie as a "decidedly odd looking young man."
- The Doctor refers to the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.
Literature from the real world
- The Doctor superstitiously refers to Macbeth as "the Scottish Play."
- Dr. Knox refers to Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, who would not be born until the 1850s. The Doctor realised that Knox mentioned the novel as a test for Evelyn, whom he correctly believed may be another time traveller.
- The Doctor and Evelyn visit Greyfriars Kirkyard.
- This story was featured in the preview section of Doctor Who Magazine issue 347 with art by Martin Geraghty.
- Although it is not stated in the story itself, Daft Jamie's real name was James Wilson and he was 18 years at the time of his murder in October 1828. Mary Patterson was the same age when Burke and Hare killed her on 9 April 1828.
- This audio drama was recorded on 18 and 19 March 2004 at The Moat Studios.
- Although the back cover of the CD dates this story to 1827, it is actually set in 1828.
- The Doctor and Evelyn would encounter Knox once again in Washington DC in April 1865. (AUDIO: Assassin in the Limelight)
- Official Medicinal Purposes page at bigfinish.com
- Medicinal Purposes at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- DisContinuity for Medicinal Purposes at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide